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Aug. 23rd, 2008

01:36 pm - What? What?!

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My less than three weeks old, currently primary hard drive isn't being recognized? Less than a week before I go out of town? Gah!

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From:alamoa
Date:August 24th, 2008 04:59 am (UTC)
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"flaily" is my new favourite word.
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From:seabream
Date:August 24th, 2008 07:10 am (UTC)
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:) Happy something good came of it.

Fortunately, it looks like the enclosure failed. The cable and drive work with the drive dock, so now I just need to get a good replacement.
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From:alamoa
Date:August 25th, 2008 02:31 am (UTC)
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i have no idea what you just said.
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From:seabream
Date:August 25th, 2008 09:58 pm (UTC)

insert non-existent geek icon

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Er, the hard drive is external to the computer so it sits in an enclosure which gets connected to the computer
with a cable. Any of the four components can fail in such a way as to result in the drive not being readable by the computer. A fifth failure mode, commonly known as PEBKAC, i.e.: the user didn't turn it on also exists though did not apply here. If the hard drive is only going to be attached for a short time, for instance to make a backup copy, a drive dock, or other device to provide power and allow the drive to be connected with one's plug of choice without the use of tools, can be useful to have on hand.

Some of the failure modes are more likely than others to result in unrecoverable, or expensive losses of data. Mechanical hard drive failure is one of them. Spectacular cable failures that fry the connection and drive are another. So the fact that it was a non-destructive failure was fortunate. The fact that the cable and drive work with the dock means that I can get back to using the computer close to right away and not get the new enclosure until after I get back.

If that was too much, or badly explained, or otherwise problematic, I invite constructive criticism from the reader in teacher training.

And I like "flaily" too. It's so descriptive. Bitchcakes is also a nice one. The out of date Gaiman link pointed to
this entry.
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From:alamoa
Date:August 27th, 2008 04:45 pm (UTC)

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what a thorough reply.

yes, pebkac, my favourite of all errors. but i guess that's good that whatever went wrong is not worse than it is. (although i guess something inherently cannot be worse -- or better, for that matter -- than it is.)

bitchcakes is going on my list. sounds like something a resentful housewife would send along to her child's bake sale.

p.s. i am a feminist.
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